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January 18, 2020

Chris Simpson

Chris Simpson Designs

JHJ’s Chris Simpson has been designing and manufacturing jewelry for more than twenty five years.  After a long apprenticeship as a bench jeweler at a renowned Royal Appointment Jeweler in South Africa, he turned his attention to diamonds,  learning the art of grading rough diamonds, then cutting and polishing diamonds at the world renowned Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School in South Africa.

After several years in South Africa, he decided to move to London and follow his dream of doing his F.G.A. at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (also knows as Gem-A), based in London.  During this time, he was introduced to CAD Design and CAM Manufacturing.

He has been lucky enough to work alongside some of the best CAD designers in London, if not Europe and enjoys helping other jewelers and clients with their designs.  When he’s not in the office, he enjoys sailing in his spare time.

Chris says, “JHJ is a fantastic platform for like minded jewelers to come together 24/7, its amazing how, regardless of who you are or how big or small your store is, we all speak the same language and understand each other. We laugh together and cry together, and its also the only “safe” place to vent.  Its the support and understanding from fellow jewelers that I love.”

Connect with Chris on JHJ if you are looking for some design files to be done, or a ring to be made.  H would love to help more members prepare for the digital age through CAD designs, so if that’s something you are thinking about please feel free to reach out!

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